What We Do
Our Focus Areas
Perform Project Reviews
Evaluate Unique Applications
Participate in Incident Fact Finding and Investigations
Identify Safety Related Gaps
Capture Unique Learnings
Provide Safety Planning Guidance
Provide Safety Training and Outreach Events
Activities Benefiting from our Involvement

* Support for AHJ and code officials can bridge the gap for inexperienced staff, facilitate faster approvals, support a greater confidence in project safety and provide more technically justified safety features or alternate means and methods.

Mission Statement
"We are committed to enable the safe and timely transition to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by sharing the benefit of extensive experience and providing suggestions and recommendations pertaining to handling and use of hydrogen."
- Hydrogen Safety Panel
Why You Need Us
Clear Safety Issue Hurdles to H2 Project Acceptance
Identify and Close Safety Gaps
Leverage Best Practice Learnings
Reduce H2 Project Cost
What We Accomplished

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 Reviews       Projects      Presentations      Guides

Highlighted Projects:

For the California Energy Commission

  • Jensen Safety Plan Review
  • Hydrogen-XT Safety Plan Review
  • First Element Safety Plan Review and more


Safety Planning for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Projects

Safety Planning Guidance for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Projects

Safety Planning for the 2014-2016 H-Prize Competition

Utilizing the HSP

If you have interest in utilizing the expertise of the Panel, contact us by email at hsp@h2tools.org. To request services from the Hydrogen Safety Panel, please submit a request form.

HSP Members
Nick Barilo
Program Manager

Nick Barilo is Executive Director of the Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS) at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (www.aiche.org/chs) and Hydrogen Safety Program manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). CHS is a global nonprofit resource that supports and promotes hydrogen's safe handling and use across industrial and consumer applications in the energy transition. As Executive Director of CHS, Nick helps to facilitate access to hydrogen safety experts; develop comprehensive safety guidance, outreach, and education materials, and provide a forum to partner on worldwide technical solutions.
Nick is also a licensed fire protection engineer having over 30 years of experience and has dedicated his career to reducing risks to personnel and property. He has served on the NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code committee and was instrumental in developing the document’s fundamental chapters. His work at PNNL provides essential hydrogen safety support for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Office. In this capacity, he directs the U.S. Hydrogen Safety Panel activities and leads safety knowledge dissemination and first responder training efforts. Nick has authored papers and journal articles and has presented both nationally and internationally on hydrogen safety.

Harold Beeson
Harold Beeson
Principal Chemist/Forensic Scientist

Dr. Harold Beeson recently retired from his position as Chief of the Materials and Components Laboratories Office at the NASA White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces after 28 years of service to NASA and has joined WHA International as a Principal Chemist and Forensic Scientist.  One of the original members of the Hydrogen Safety Panel, Dr. Beeson received his Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico after which he began his career first, as a research scientist for the New Mexico Engineering Research Institute contracted to the United States Air Force and later as a Civil Servant for NASA. 

Harold is the author of over 200 papers and presentations in the areas of fire safety and mishap investigation.  He led teams that developed the NASA propellant safety manuals for hydrogen and oxygen and has been an instructor for NASA and industry in courses on hydrogen safety and oxygen safety.    Harold has experience in fire extinguishing, spacecraft fire safety, cleaning of hardware for aerospace, detonations and explosions; however, Harold has focused much of his recent technical effort into the safety of Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Composite Overwrapped Pressure vessels.

Ken Boyce
Principle Engineer Director

Ken Boyce is Principal Engineer Director, Energy & Power Technologies at UL LLC. Ken has decades of experience in safety engineering across many sectors.  Most recently he has served as UL’s technical leader for the energy and power sectors, overseeing standards development and technical operations for renewable energy technologies, batteries and energy storage, advanced technology infrastructure, electric vehicle systems, power distribution, factory automation, and related equipment.  He serves as the Chairman of UL’s Renewable Energy Council. Ken is very active in the standards and code development community, and serves as the Chairman of National Electrical Code Panel 1 for the National Fire Protection Association. He represents UL in numerous global energy initiatives such as the IEC Renewable Energy Scheme.  He works closely with US National Laboratories and academic institutions to advance scientific knowledge, including leading a number of significant renewable energy research projects.  Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois, and is a Corporate Fellow in the William Henry Merrill Society at UL.

Mr. Bucci has over 40 years experience in the Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear industry with an emphasis in Emergency Management (EM) and Fire Protection (FP) Engineering. His experience includes development, coordination, and implementation of EM and FP Programs; developing and evaluating hazards analyses; performing facility and program assessments; the development, implementation, and evaluation of EM exercises and drills, and emergency response actions. He served as the lead technical reviewer of EM hazards assessments and supporting documents on behalf of Hanford DOE site offices, and participated on numerous EM and FP program/facility assessments at Hanford and in support of DOE Headquarters-sponsored assessment and appraisal teams.

Mr. Bucci holds a Master of Arts in Homeland Security, a Bachelor of Science in General Studies and an Associates in Applied Science in Fire Protection Engineering Technology. He is also a Member Grade in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

The design of cryogenic liquid hydrogen systems has been a centerpiece to Tom Drube’s 30+ years of equipment design experience.  Since 1989 Tom has worked for Chart Industries and it’s legacy company Minnesota Valley Engineering.  He has designed equipment for all the major hydrogen gas producers and the space program.  Tom is active in the Compressed Gas Association’s Hydrogen Technology, Standards Council, Bulk Distribution and Natural Gas Committees.  He has also been a contributor to NFPA 55 Compressed Gases and Cryogenics Fluid Code and NFPA 2 Hydrogen Technologies Code.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Technology Management from the University of Minnesota.  He is a Chart Engineering Fellow, Registered Professional Engineer and holds 25 US patents.

Mr. Farese joined Air Products in 1989 and has served in several engineering and operations positions. Nearly all of this time has been spent working with hydrogen and on hydrogen related systems. Mr. Farese is currently the Lead Engineer for the Complex and Revenue Projects team within the Customer Engineering group. Responsibilities include leading a team of engineers to design, build, and install complex gas delivery systems to support customer needs. These systems usually require high pressure and/or high flow requirements. In addition, this team has a focus on providing engineering and project services to meet customer needs and generate revenue. Specific duties include system design; scope, schedule and budget development; sales and marketing support; project execution; and technical support. Previously, Mr. Farese served as a Lead Process Safety Engineer in the Electronics and Performance Materials group. This role supported the process safety requirements for new projects and operating facilities. Activities included risk analysis, performance of hazard reviews, and incident investigation.

From 2002 to 2011, Mr Farese was the Engineering Manager of the Hydrogen Energy Systems engineering group. This group supported new hydrogen technologies, particularly those for fueling vehicles. Primary responsibilities of the group include project management, product development, and operations support. The group developed, tested, and deployed new products to support rapidly evolving hydrogen fueling needs. These products included new means of production, purification, compression, storage and dispensing of hydrogen at pressures up to 15000 psig. The group has also extensively supported the nascent hydrogen codes and standards effort, and taken a lead role in providing hydrogen safety training.

Prior to 2002, Mr. Farese was the Project Manager of the Advanced Systems group. This group was responsible for managing projects involving the installation of industrial gas related supply equipment at customer sites. The primary focus was high-pressure pump and compressor systems, particularly those involving hydrogen. As part of this work, Mr. Farese was the project manager for over a dozen high pressure hydrogen compression systems, including the fuel stations at the California Partnership in West Sacramento, the Ford Dearborn Scientific Research Laboratory, and the Chicago Transit Authority bus facility.

As an operations engineer for Air Products’ Packaged Gases group from 1994 to 1996, Mr. Farese’s duties included on-site and technical support to customers to optimize industrial gas usage through equipment design, process improvements and waste minimization; program development and definition; and sales and marketing assistance. Previously he was an operations engineer in the Gases Group’s Operations Services area. In this role, he provided technical support and project management to increase safety, reliability, and productivity of industrial gas supply systems, with a specialty in hydrogen compression. He also provided commissioning services, engineering support and troubleshooting of mechanical and electrical problems for hydrogen systems installed at customer facilities.

Mr. Farese also participates in several codes and standards efforts and is a principal member of the NFPA 2 and NFPA 52Technical Committees, the DOE Hydrogen Safety Panel, and holds over fifteen patents in the areas of hydrogen fueling and high pressure compression.

Employed by Becht Engineering Company since 2003, Don Frikken was an Engineering Fellow with Solutia, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He had been with Solutia, Inc. and Monsanto Company since 1968, working on a wide range of activities including piping and mechanical design, project engineering, process safety, and engineering standards.

Don’s principal specialty is piping design, including design of complex piping systems, piping flexibility analysis, selection of piping components including valves, development of piping standards and specifications, and developing and teaching numerous piping courses and workshops. He is an ASME Fellow and has been active on various ASME Piping Code Committees. He served as the chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code committee as well as the B31 Standards Committee, which oversees all B31 Piping Code committees. He is a member of the B16 Standards Committee. He is a past ASME Senior Vice President and a past member of the ASME Board of Governors.

Don has received a number of awards, including the ASME Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of standards and the ASME B31 Forever Medal for Excellence in Piping. Don graduated with a B.S.M.E. from Kansas State University and has a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Don is a past-chair of the Hydrogen Safety Panel.

Livio Gambone recently joined Nikola Motor as the head of hydrogen storage, responsible for the development, testing and approval of the high pressure hydrogen fuel storage system onboard Nikola’s new Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell powered trucks. He was formerly responsible for CSA Group’s hydrogen test facility which is equipped to perform design qualification, certification and upset condition testing of hydrogen vehicle and fueling infrastructure components. Livio is a technical advisor on compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen-related technical matters to government agencies such as Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada (Road Safety), U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Transportation (NHTSA). He is also an expert in the failure analysis of metallic and composite reinforced pressure vessels and has been involved as an expert witness in numerous failure investigations involving litigation.

Aaron developed a passion for US energy independence during his service in the US Marine Corps. While researching career options, before leaving the Marines, Aaron stumbled onto hydrogen fuel cells and became enamored with the technology. The potential for hydrogen to serve both environmental and national security interests drove his pursuit of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.

Aaron has held various positions at several companies including: International Fuel Cells, The Boeing Company, Nuvera Fuel Cells and Sandia National Laboratories. Aaron is currently the Technical Director of Hydrogen Energy at Air Liquide Advanced Technologies US in Houston TX. He has published numerous articles on hydrogen safety and serves on many codes and standards development committees..

Brian is the Hazardous Materials Coordinator for the Calgary Fire Department in Alberta, Canada. He received a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1993 and worked as an industrial research chemist in a number of disciplines including disinfectants, heavy cleaners and exterior wood coatings. Brian joined the City of Calgary Fire Department in 1999 and was promoted to Hazardous Materials Coordinator in 2012. He has a strong background in Fire codes, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, hazmat related training, safety & awareness and response, and is actively involved nationally with several committees for the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
Brian’s interest in alternative energy lead to an appointment in 2009 with the US Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Industry Panel on Codes. He was invited to join the Technical Committee for NFPA 2 Hydrogen Technologies Code in 2012. Brian maintains a strong interest in first responder safety & response and has authored several journal articles, industry specific training manuals and has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of hazardous materials related topics.

Dr. Chris LaFleur has more than 20 years in progressively responsible positions in Risk Management and Fire Protection Engineering. Chris conducts research and development activities in fire risk analysis including failure mode analysis, event trees, fault trees and fire modeling at Sandia National Laboratories. She is responsible for the fire risk program activities in the Risk & Reliability Analysis department. She supports Fire Probabilistic Risk Assessment (Fire PRA) methodology improvements for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Her main focuses are implementing a risk informed performance-based approach to hydrogen refueling station design and permitting, conducting research in support of fire codes and standards, development of risk analyses for liquefied natural gas fueled vehicles and locomotives, and assessment of fire hazards in underground munitions facilities.

Chris has been at Sandia since 2010. Prior to Sandia, Dr. LaFleur initiated, developed and implemented the fire risk analysis program at General Motors by collecting and analyzing fire incident data and creating risk-informed decision support tools that impacted safety and productivity for the entire manufacturing enterprise. Chris worked at General Motors for 12 years in various organizations including Global Security, where she managed the corporate global fire protection standards, Worldwide Facilities, where she was in charge of design specification, construction oversight, and acted as liaison to the Authorities Having Jurisdiction for construction projects, and Corporate Risk Management, where she was responsible for risk quantification analysis for several regions and was responsible for business continuity planning , property insurance, and enterprise risk management. Prior to GM, Chris worked as an environmental engineer for Parsons from 1991 to 1998. Professional abilities include development of Monte Carlo risk models, design and programming of relational databases for risk tracking and analysis, and development of risk-informed decision support tools.

Chris is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and New Mexico as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. She serves as a principle member of the sprinkler discharge criteria committee of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, as well as an alternate member of NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code. She also serves on the CSA Technical Advisory Group on Hydrogen Fueling Station Guidelines (HGV 4.9) and the H2USA Locations Working Group. Chris earned a BS in Geology and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MS in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. She also holds a Doctorate of Engineering degree in Manufacturing Engineering focusing on Fire Risk Analysis in a Manufacturing Enterprise from the University of Michigan.

Miguel J. Maes obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University with a minor in Environmental Engineering. Mr. Maes has worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center’s White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) since 1996 where he began his career studying and testing materials and components in hypergolic propellants. He began his hydrogen career working as a project manager for re-certification of the space shuttle’s Liquid Hydrogen Recirculation Pumps (LHRPs) from 2000 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2010 was responsible for reactivating WSTF’s Hydrogen Flow Control Valve (HFCV) test facility and performing qualification testing of new HFCVs.

Mr. Maes is one of the co-instructors of NASA’s Hydrogen Safety Course that is taught at each of the NASA centers and is also available through AIAA. He is now the manager of the Hydrogen Group at WSTF. This group is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the hazards of all hydrogen systems at WSTF and has been requested on multiple agency hydrogen safety inquiries for ground support equipment issues as well as International Space Station (ISS) and Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) hydrogen issues.

Larry Moulthrop

Larry Moulthrop is a systems and safety professional, focused on hydrogen generation, water electrolysis, hydrogen fuel cells, and H2 fueling systems since 1978.  

Larry retired from Proton Energy Systems (d/b/a Proton OnSite) in 2016, the company he co-founded in 1996 to transition PEM-based water electrolysis technology into commercial packaged H2 generation products. As Vice President of Hydrogen Systems.  Mr. Moulthrop worked with Proton’s engineering and applications teams to refine and develop new packaged hydrogen generator products for vehicle fueling, renewable energy capture, telecom backup power, military applications, and many other hydrogen applications.   Mr. Moulthrop managed Proton’s product safety and product code compliance processes for all product and project efforts at Proton.  For six years he managed operations of 12 fuel cell vehicles fleet and the PV-augmented H2 fueling station based at Proton OnSite.

Mr. Moulthrop serves as the convenor for ISO 22734, Hydrogen Generation using Water Electrolysis, the international water electrolyzer product standard.  He is a member of NFPA 2 Hydrogen Technologies technical committee, ISO TC197 Hydrogen Technologies US Technical Advisory Group, and SAE J2601 Fueling Protocols for Light Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface Vehicles committee.

Prior to starting Proton, Mr. Moulthrop led efforts at United Technologies and General Electric that developed and deployed closed-loop H2-O2 regenerative fuel cell systems, 200 bar oxygen generators, primary H2-O2 PEM fuel cells, H2-Cl2 fuel cells for energy storage, and industrial water electrolyzers.   He initiated his career in PEM electrochemistry at General Electric, working with many of the original developers of the PEM art. 

Mr. Moulthrop holds 22 issued US patents in the areas of PEM cell design and PEM system architecture through his work with Proton Energy Systems, United Technologies, and General Electric.  He received his BSChE degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1978.

Dani Murphy
Dani Murphy
Senior Mechanical and Forensic Engineer

Dr. Danielle “Dani” Murphy is a Senior Mechanical and Forensic Engineer at WHA International Inc. Dr. Murphy received her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, where she conducted laboratory research and CFD modeling on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems and reactor technology for hydrogen production. After completing her education, Dr. Murphy started a career in forensic engineering, conducted investigations on a wide variety of incidents including fires and explosions in laboratory, residential, commercial, and large-scale chemical process environments. After returning to the Denver area, she worked as a researcher for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at the Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing and Research Facility (HITRF). Dani carried out laboratory testing and modeling on renewable hydrogen production projects as well as hydrogen fueling station infrastructure, controls, and safety.

After joining WHA in 2019, Dani began investigating forensic incidents involving fires, explosions and pressure equipment failures in flammable fuels and oxygen-enriched environments with a specific emphasis on hydrogen incidents. She is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and the hydrogen team lead for WHA. Dani recently advanced and expanded WHA’s capabilities for hydrogen combustion risk analysis and hydrogen safety training courses for general awareness, operations and maintenance personnel, and design engineers. In addition to conducting hazards analyses and teaching hydrogen safety courses, Dani provides consulting and custom testing services for hydrogen and hydrogen mixture systems in a variety of applications including electrolyzers, fuel cells, chemical processes, transportation, and novel hydrogen systems and applications. Dani also pursues and leads research projects to understand and fill gaps in the current hydrogen technology safe handling practices.

Annemarie graduated from the University of Twente with a Master's in chemical engineering. She has more than 15 years of experience solving complex process safety challenges with practical solutions. Her work experience includes Nel Fueling as the Senior Director of QHSE, Shell as a process safety engineer and Hydrogen Safety management, and Comprimo Sulphur Solutions as a design engineer. As a hydrogen safety expert, she has participated in various industry bodies, including cochairing the Hydrogen Council’s Safety Working Group from April 2019 – 2021. Annemarie has contributed to codes and standards organizations and participated in industry/government collaborations, including WVIP (Hydrogen Safety Innovation Program for the Netherlands), and has been a board member for the Center for Hydrogen Safety.

Annemarie has a proven track record in process safety in field applications, including refinery and hydrogen refueling stations, and design projects involving the application of regulations, codes, and standards. She is passionate about safety leadership and a strong advocate for safety culture in the workplace.

Spencer Quong is the Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Quong & Associates, Inc., and has specialized in the testing, measurement, and safety of alternative fuels and electric vehicle charging.  Mr. Quong was one of the innovators in developing hydrogen fueling performance and safety standards.  He has worked with fire departments across the country to create hydrogen fueling station, vehicle, and building safety guidelines.  Mr. Quong has also managed several vehicle projects which involved hands-on construction, small scale manufacturing, and testing of electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles.  Mr. Quong is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers hybrid committee which sets safety and testing standards for advanced vehicles and alternative fuels.  

Dr. Brian Somerday has more than 20 years of experience in mechanical metallurgy with a focus on environmental effects on fracture and fatigue of structural alloys. During his career at Sandia National Laboratories (1997-2016), Brian led the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory (HEML) team comprised of technical staff, technologists, post-docs, and students. The HEML applied research portfolio emphasized characterization of hydrogen-assisted fracture and fatigue in structural alloys with the aim of enabling life prediction and materials selection for components in hydrogen gas service. This portfolio included projects related to hydrogen fuel technology that were designed to provide value to external stakeholders in industry and standards development organizations. The structural alloys featured in these projects were specified for pressure vessels, pipelines, and gas distribution manifolds.

Brian is currently a Materials Engineering Consultant with Somerday Consulting, LLC. Prior to forming his consulting business, Brian was a Principal Engineer at Southwest Research Institute, where his applied research projects focused on characterizing environment-assisted cracking of structural alloys in aqueous and gaseous environments. Brian has published extensively on the topic of hydrogen-assisted fracture and fatigue in structural alloys, including co-authoring the Technical Reference for Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials (www.sandia.gov/matlsTechRef/) and co-editing the two-volume set Gaseous Hydrogen Embrittlement of Materials in Energy Technologies (Woodhead Publishing, 2012).

Gary P. Stottler, P.E.
Stottler Development LLC

Gary is a registered professional engineer and a consultant in the alternative energy/hydrogen infrastructure space. He recently retired from General Motors LLC after a 36 year career including 18 years supporting GM’s Fuel Cell program, and managing the deployment of GM’s Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in the “Project Driveway” fleet and U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Energy projects related to Fuel Cells. In addition, Gary led a range of Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure projects in support of the demonstration and commercialization of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and remains active in SAE and ISO standards development related to hydrogen infrastructure.

Gary earned a BSME degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982 and an MSE degree in Controls Engineering from Purdue University in 1995.

Rick Tedleschi
Rick Tedeschi
HSP Chair

Rick Tedeschi is a Project Manager and chemical engineer. The majority of his career has been at the Hanford site supporting clean-up of legacy radioactive wastes for the Department of Energy, including the design, testing, and startup of key systems and facilities. He has developed and implemented safety analyses, operational safety requirements, and procedures and plans to safely store and retrieve tank waste. Prior to his work at Hanford, Rick worked at a large chemical firm in a variety of engineering positions involving chemical manufacturing and environmental remediation. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of North Dakota, and is a licensed professional engineer and holds the Project Manager certification from the Project Management Institute. He currently manages his own consulting firm to advance the safe implementation of hydrogen fuel cell and supply chain technologies.

Dr. J. Kelly Thomas is a vice-president and manager of the blast effects section at BakerRisk. He graduated with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University, where he worked primarily in the areas of advanced nuclear fuels and space nuclear power systems. Dr. Thomas worked at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site until 1999, with a focus on nuclear fuels and materials, accident analysis, and flammability and explosion issues. Dr. Thomas joined BakerRisk in 1999, where his primary focus has been on the characterization, modeling and testing of flammability & explosion related phenomena, explosion consequence assessments, and the investigation of accidental explosions.

Thomas Witte graduated valedictorian from Villanova University as a Chemical Engineer in 1983.  He promptly began working for Air Products and Chemicals designing industrial gas systems (nitrogen, oxygen, argon, helium, and hydrogen).  Tom has been involved in the installation of thousands of cryogenic and gaseous systems, including hydrogen fueling stations.   He was the North American Engineering Manager for Air Products and Chemicals prior to retiring from Air Products in 2014 to start his own consulting company, Witte Engineered Gases.  As part of his duties as Engineering Manager, he trained personnel, developed procedures and design standards, and was responsible for the engineering of all industrial gas systems installed at customers sites.  Tom's hydrogen expereince includes responsibility for the hydrogen design standards, hydrogen safety training, advanced systems design, managing a liquid hydrogen transfill, and testing the new liquid hydrogen and oxygen system at the Cape Canaveral launch site at Space Launch Complex (SLC) 37.

In addition to system design and project management, Tom has been involved in the development of codes and standards for the National Fire Protection Association and Compressed Gas Association (CGA), with special emphasis on gaseous and liquid hydrogen systems.  In 2013, Tom was awarded the CGA 2013 Recipient of Chart Industries Distinguished Service Award.

Bob Zalosh is a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Professor Emeritus and runs a consulting organization entitled Firexplo. Bob was a WPI Professor of Fire Protection Engineering from 1990 to 2006. Prior to that, Bob held various positions conducting and managing fire and explosion research at Factory Mutual Research Corporation (one of the predecessors of FM Global) over a 15-year period. Bob’s consulting activities have included conducting flammable gas and combustible dust hazard and risk assessments for many industrial facilities. He has conducted numerous industrial fire and explosion incident investigations for a wide variety of organizations including the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Bob has been a member of the Hydrogen Safety Panel since its formation. He has led and participated on many Panel task groups dealing with generic hydrogen safety issues. Several of his consulting activities entailed hydrogen incident investigations and implementation of hydrogen incident prevention best practices.

Bob is the author of a textbook entitled Industrial Fire Protection Engineering, and co-authored the Center for Chemical Process Safety’s Guidelines for Safe Handling of Powders and Bulk Solids. He also is the author of the chapter on Explosions in the NFPA Handbook (19th and 20th Editions), and the chapter on Explosion Protection in The SFPE Handbook on Fire Protection Engineering (all editions). He is a member of the NFPA Committees on Explosion Protection, on Combustible Metals and on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, and several advisory panels dealing with fire and explosion hazards. He has frequently provided pro bono consultation to the Boston Fire Department and New York City Department.

Who We Are

2003  Year Established

22      Panel Members

600+  Years of Experience

The Hydrogen Safety Panel is multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientist, code officials, safety professions, equipments providers, and testing and certification experts.